June 28, 2009

Show #67: The Yankees Series Marks the Beginning of the End?

The series loss to the Yankees.  What to do with Yunel?  Smoltz’s first start.  And bright spots for the 2009 Braves.



87 Responses to “Show #67: The Yankees Series Marks the Beginning of the End?”

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  1. 26
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh my God, I blew that joke. A little risky, but I should have said:

    “Black, and to the left. Black, and to the left.”

    Oh well, can’t win ’em all.

  2. 27
    Chris in Boston Says:

    I hate this team, but I can’t quit it. Go Captain Underpants!

  3. 28
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ugh, comment #26 is bugging me. I meant it innocently…

  4. 29
    Will Says:

    Bub…an off-color remark….

    haha, get it……sound of crickets…

    I think ABT followers have a sense of humor and tend to be very tolerant of the other opinions expressed on the board. Frankly I don’t find that comment offensive…Back and to the left is part of the common culture and GA is black. It was funny….perhaps a bit edgy sure…but funny. I vote ok.

  5. 30
    Curt Says:

    Maybe “Slack and the the left”? but I’m with Will. We talk about Cox slapping his wife. It’s all good.


  6. 31
    Curt Says:


    “Slack and TO the left” that would be

  7. 32
    Anne Says:

    Curt: texting is disallowed in the clubhouse, but Matty just texted me all secret-like saying he doesn’t care the amount of fine he gets served. He wants to know which of us loves him more. I still think it’s me.

    Joe Simpson brought me back down to earth just now and reminded all of us that Martin Prado has been pretty darned great, too. Agreed.

    Jurrjens getting run support is glorious in and of itself.

    I am SO STOKED I have tickets to tomorrow night’s game. Go Braves!

  8. 33
    Curt Says:

    So Anne, what do you think it will take to get Diaz starting in right over Frenchy? We finally got Kelly out of there.

    And I saw some tool from SPorting News listing his NL All Stars and McCann was the only Brave. Doesn’t Jurrgens, Vazquez or Soriana at least get in the discussion?

  9. 34
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, “Slack and to the left” is hilarious.

    We just slaughtered the champs’ Ace. Two-hit them.

    Are we a good ballteam or something? What the heck?

  10. 35
    Bubdylan Says:

    (Thanks for the comforting words, Will…)

  11. 36
    Anne Says:

    Prefaced by: what the heck do I know about baseball…I’ll see if I can give a thoughtful pass at answering you, Curt. Wow, Diaz instead of Francoeur in RF. Interesting. …and here I was, thinking they’d give up the platoon theory of LF, send G.A. to the glue factory and let a stud play. …but they probably paid too much for G.A. and he’s a veteran and why lose face with that. It’s not like G.A. doesn’t hit, he certanly does. He just can’t or won’t hustle, and that ain’t cool.
    Meanwhile, who’s up for trade and/or is a more valuable trade? That goes back to the buzz: would they ever let hometown Francoeur go?
    If you had to trade an outfielder, would you get more bang for your buck with Diaz or Francoeur? I do NOT, repeat, do NOT want Diaz going anywhere, but if you were him, which would you want: a place that plays you every day (or mostly every day) for probably more pay…or a place where you can pal around in the dugout, clutch-out every now and again and be all heroic, hover around .300 have adoring, giggly fans like me? What is he, 31 or so? It’s a pretty nice life for Matty D. here. I have no idea what his contract looks like nor how happy he is, but I hope he is. I think he (and the team?!?) would be happier if he played every day, or at least more often.
    That was a lot of digression. So, what’s it gonna take?? Me changing careers and becoming his agent? Doubtful.

  12. 37
    Steve Says:

    Wow – I go away for a few hours and missed ALOT. The back and forth on Bub’s “edgy” comments was priceless. And damn funny too.

    What a great, a great game. And a freaking no hitter into the 7th for God’s sake. My wife just laughs and rolls her eyes every time I give her the whole, “this could be the turning point of the season” speech. But I really, really, really mean it this time. There was no good (or logical or sane) reason to think anything was actually going to change for this team from an offensive standpoint this past month, but … maybe the promotion of Prado is something tangible to point to. 27 freaking hits in two games. Heaven. Now sweep these mofo’s and take care of business in D.C.

    Anne – this may be crazy, but I think that Frenchy still gets you more in a trade (and yes, I think the Braves would/will trade him if the offer is half way decent), because there are great heights to point to in Frenchy’s career. And the possibility that he reaches them again with a change of scenery. Matty is what he is. A not quite good enough to be an everyday starter, streaky, softball team hacking, average fielding, sometimes really good bench player. Not to mention devoted admirer of yours.

  13. 38
    Anne Says:

    True that, and the age thing too, with Frenchy bein’ a youngin, relatively. I hear ya.

  14. 39
    JFranco Says:

    Wow what a game tonight. When was the last time the braves dominated a game like that. A sweep would be nice and to play a very horrible team like the nats next could be the win streak they need to end the first half and make a run for the playoffs against what looks like a weak division

  15. 40
    Leah Says:

    If the Braves play down to the Nats and lose after a game like tonight I will shave my head and become a nun so I won’t have access the TV or Computer and therefore will have to give up this addiction. Bub, I thought your comment was very funny as always and I’m a pastor’s wife. Anne, tell Matty I said hi. Any news on Infante?

  16. 41
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wasn’t it a Philly series about this time last year when our fate was sealed by Kelly’s Game One drop? How ironic would it be if our season was saved by Kelly’s replacement in this year’s version of that series?

    Poor Kelly.

    I honestly don’t think Prado will have a better career than KJ. But right now, we need to ride that bat of his for as long as it’ll spew hits. Like, as in, for the rest of 2009 if need be.

  17. 42
    Curt Says:

    And wouldn’t it be even more satisfying if this was the turning point in the opposite direction for the Phils?

    I think Kelly is a pretty level headed guy. Hopefully this energizes him and gives him the time to catch his breath. We could use a hot streak from him going down the stretch.

    My article is out and a link to the online version is here:

    It’s very baseball 101 for this high brow crowd, but I wanted you guys to see it. And they pimp ABT in the print version.

  18. 43
    Chris in Boston Says:

    I sure would like to see Acosta sent down and Canizares called up to platoon with Kotchman.

  19. 44
    Hamilton Says:

    C in B – I agree completely.

    Get out your brooms everyone – THIS is the turning point. HUGE game tonight, let’s hope the offense can do for Javy (can we call him that?) what it did for Air Jurrjens.

  20. 45
    Bubdylan Says:

    I dunno guys… about the sweep… my spidey senses are tingling to the negatory. That big inning trouble Javy runs into sometimes… Philly is so built for big innings, too. My prediction: 6-2 Phils. Sorry.

    I would go absolutely nuts if we swept them, though. It would be a statement that said “we’re not just threatening to turn it around, we’re doing it right now.” And I don’t mean a statement to us… but a statement to themselves. And they’re the ones that need to hear it.

    However… that Philly line-up…. and Happ’s pretty good…. and Javy’s due for a little trouble. My goal is to win this series and the Nats series (yes, 2 of 3… baby steps) and I want to keep that in front of me.

    No, let’s SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m conflicted, you see. *puts on “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac and tries to dance the MC Hammer to it. Knocks over coffee…*

  21. 46
    Leah Says:

    I’m breaking out the broom myself. I think it’s time to break our season 3 game winning streak record.

  22. 47
    Anne Says:

    Curt – nice article for WhereTraveler. I’ll try to track down the print version to see the mad pimpin’ (of ABT).

  23. 48
    Curt Says:

    Its called Where Atlanta in the city. You might have to check into a hotel to find it.

  24. 49
    Bubdylan Says:

    Congrats on the article, Curt. Your inner cynic must have been punching your psyche pretty hard there.

    In spite of my bad feeling, I’ve hauled both kitchen brooms into the computer room. This is the most I’ve been into a series in a while. I don’t have any turkey underwear, but maybe I’ll rub some cold cuts on my butt.

  25. 50
    Steve Says:

    This was no cheapie folks. The “what if” game we foolishly, baselessly started to play Sunday night is coming to fruition. And how about Bobby tonight? Managing it like he actually wanted to win. JJ to pinch run. GA pinch hitting for Frenchy (LOVED THAT!) And, Anne – Diaz was the MVP tonight. Great double in the 8th to get it started. Great steal of 3rd. Let’s just take 2 of 3 in D.C. so this can actually mean something. Getting very, very excited.

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